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    Return to education for recovering drug addicts: the Soilse Project

    Barter, Derek (2010) Return to education for recovering drug addicts: the Soilse Project. The Adult Learner. pp. 132-149. ISSN 0790-8040

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    This article is an account of a return to education course set up to cater to the needs of recovering heroin addicts in a Dublin rehabilitation project in the summer of 2008. It begins with a brief outline of the HSE Soilse rehabilitation and recov- ery programme and the rationale for seeking association with the Department of Adult and Community Education NUI Maynooth as a way of bridging both the structural and individual gaps that recovering people have en route to educational progression. A full account is presented of the actual Return to Learning (RtL) course, which employed a functional context education methodology and inte- grated literacy approach, from the reflections of the tutors who delivered the course. The Soilse/NUIM RtL is unique in terms of an adult education programme in Ireland in that it tried to grapple with two distinct yet interrelated issues; recovery from drug addiction and educational progression. The following article attempts to give a full and honest account of the programme and its outcomes.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Addiction Recovery; mature students; drug addiction; adult education;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Adult and Community Education
    Item ID: 15458
    Depositing User: Derek Barter
    Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2022 10:27
    Journal or Publication Title: The Adult Learner
    Publisher: The National Association of Adult Education
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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